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Giles
BA (Hons) Business Management
Full Time

I work for the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce in Nottingham. We offer a wide range of business services to companies based in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The primary purpose of the chamber is to act as the leading business organisation in the region, representing our member’s interests.

The East Midlands Chamber is the second largest chamber of commerce in the country with over 3,800 members, ranging from multi-national corporations based in the region such as Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar and DHL to small and medium enterprises, who make up a majority of our membership.

My role is that of an International Trade Networks Adviser. In a nutshell I work to help companies take their products or services to new overseas markets.

The day-to-day role is varied. Much of my time is spent researching different markets to advise members seeking to export their goods internationally. This requires staying up-to-date with the economic, political and social conditions in different countries.
I’m also required to co-ordinate regular events, work closely with UKTI, overseas Chambers of Commerce and local, national and European government as well as representing the Chamber at meetings and exhibitions.

My time is roughly split between working in the office in Nottingham and getting out and meeting companies based across the region.

The aspect of study I most enjoyed during my time at Wrexham Glyndwr University was the way in which the learning was so often applied to the real-world.

Many of my lecturers came from a background within business, meaning they could apply their professional experience to the curriculum to bring it to life. Studying a Business Management degree, this meant that lectures were always lively and engaging, with lecturers sharing best industry practice on a range of business topics.

Another aspect of my studies I enjoyed was the way in which the degree is carefully designed to equip the student with the practical skills to prosper in employment. Every topic covered is included for a reason, producing graduates ready to apply their knowledge to the workplace, benefiting both them and their future employer.

The course has helped me hugely in my current role. Working for the second largest Chamber of Commerce in the country, I am constantly required to have a strong grasp of the challenges facing companies of all sizes. The curriculum studied as part of my Business Management degree focussed not only on life inside multi-national corporations, but also on small and medium enterprises, who are really the backbone of the British economy.

For these companies liquidity, taxation, human resource management and regulation are often the most important issues, the broad range of topics covered as part of the Business Management degree at Glyndwr University have enabled me to speak confidently when dealing with companies in all of these areas.

To anyone considering studying Business Management at Wrexham Glyndwr University, I would say: if you want to study a degree that will equip you with the necessary business skills to succeed in the professional world, is innovative in its method of delivery and attractive to employers, Wrexham Glyndwr University is absolutely the place for you.

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